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How to make Homemade

Au Jus Packets

Homemade Au Jus Seasoning

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Discover a delightful and effortless method to elevate the flavors of your meaty creations. Our recipe harnesses the natural juices of the meat to craft a sauce with the same sumptuous, savory essence as the traditional au jus. This versatility makes it an excellent choice for pre-made dishes or as a delectable dip for your French Sliders or our mouthwatering Mississippi Pot Roast. What's even better?  Now you can DIY,  and you'll have complete transparency about the ingredients in this Au Jus, free from any undesirable additives or harsh chemicals

Homemade Au Jus Mix Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons beef bouillon granules (or the equivalent of 12 beef bouillon cubes)

  • 4 teaspoons onion powder

  • 3 teaspoons dried parsley flakes

  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt

Au Jus packets offer a simple way to infuse your meals with rich, savory flavors. These convenient packets typically contain a mixture of beef bouillon, herbs, and spices, making it easy to prepare the traditional Au Jus sauce, often served alongside roast beef. While Au Jus is a natural fit for beef, it can also enhance the taste of other meats and dishes, providing a versatile and delicious experience. Whether you're preparing a classic prime rib dinner, enjoying a French dip sandwich, or looking to elevate your gravy, Au Jus packets are the key ingredient for flavor enhancement.

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Make Your Own Seasonings

How to make Au Jus Packets

This recipe for Homemade dry Au Jus seasoning mix should yield approximately
one cup (8 ounces) of seasoning mix. 
Typically, store-bought Au Jus seasoning packets contain around 1 ounce of seasoning mix, so this homemade recipe would be equivalent to about 8 store-bought packets.  This recipe will provide you with a good amount of seasoning mix to have on hand.

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Beef Bouillon: If you're using bouillon cubes, crush them into a fine powder using a mortar and pestle or a food processor. Alternatively, you can use pre-made beef bouillon granules.

  2. Combine Ingredients: In a mixing bowl, combine the beef bouillon granules (or crushed cubes), onion powder, dried parsley flakes, white pepper, garlic powder, and celery salt. Use a whisk or a fork to ensure that all the ingredients are evenly mixed.

  3. Store the Seasoning Mix: Transfer the homemade Au Jus seasoning mix to an airtight container or a small glass jar. Make sure the container is sealed tightly to keep the seasoning mix fresh.

  4. To Use: When you're ready to make Au Jus sauce, use this homemade seasoning mix as follows:

    • In a saucepan, add 2 tablespoons of the homemade Au Jus seasoning mix to 2 cups of hot water.

    • Whisk the mixture well to ensure the seasoning dissolves completely.

    • Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a gentle simmer.

    • Let it simmer for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens and flavors meld.

    • Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed with additional salt or pepper.

    • Once it reaches your desired consistency and flavor, remove it from the heat.

    • Strain the sauce through a fine-mesh sieve if you prefer a smoother texture.

    • Serve the Au Jus sauce with your roast beef or other dishes.

This homemade Au Jus seasoning mix can be stored in a cool, dry place for several months. It's a convenient way to make delicious Au Jus sauce whenever you need it. 

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Au Jus seasoning packets are versatile and can be used in a variety of ways to enhance the flavor of dishes, particularly those involving beef. Here are some common uses for Au Jus seasoning packets:

  1. Au Jus Sauce for Roast Beef: The most common use is to make a flavorful Au Jus sauce to serve alongside roast beef. Simply mix the seasoning packet with water, simmer, and serve.

  2. French Dip Sandwiches: Use Au Jus as a dipping sauce for French dip sandwiches. Dip the sandwich (usually made with roast beef) into the Au Jus for added flavor.

  3. Gravy: You can use Au Jus seasoning to make a delicious beef gravy. Mix the seasoning with water or beef broth, add a roux (butter and flour mixture) to thicken it if desired, and use it as a topping for mashed potatoes, meatloaf, or other dishes.

  4. Marinades: Combine the seasoning with oil, vinegar, and other flavorings to create a marinade for beef cuts. Let the meat marinate for a few hours before grilling or roasting.

  5. Flavoring for Stews and Soups: Add Au Jus seasoning to beef stews and soups for an extra depth of flavor.

  6. Enhancing Rice or Pasta Dishes: Sprinkle a bit of Au Jus seasoning into rice or pasta dishes that feature beef for a savory boost.

  7. Seasoning for Beef Stir-Fries: Use it as a seasoning in beef stir-fry dishes, combining it with soy sauce, garlic, and ginger for a tasty Asian-inspired flavor.

  8. Seasoning for Beef Rubs: Mix Au Jus seasoning with other spices to create a dry rub for beef steaks or roasts before grilling or roasting.

  9. Meatloaf and Meatball Seasoning: Incorporate Au Jus seasoning into meatloaf or meatball mixtures to add a savory beef flavor.

  10. Beef Pot Pies: Season the filling for beef pot pies with Au Jus seasoning for added richness and flavor.

Remember that the intensity of the flavor can vary depending on how much seasoning you use, so you can adjust the quantity to suit your taste preferences and the specific dish you're preparing.

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Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Au Jus packets:

1. What is Au Jus?

  • Au Jus is a French term that means "with juice." It refers to a thin, flavorful sauce made from the natural juices of roasted meat, typically beef. Au Jus sauce is often served alongside roast beef dishes to enhance their flavor.

2. What is an Au Jus Packet?

  • An Au Jus packet is a pre-packaged mix of seasonings and flavorings used to make Au Jus sauce quickly and easily. These packets are commonly available in grocery stores and contain a blend of ingredients such as beef bouillon, herbs, and spices.

3. How Do I Use an Au Jus Packet? 

  • To use an Au Jus packet, you typically mix the contents of the packet with a specified amount of water (usually indicated on the packet's instructions). Then, you simmer the mixture until it thickens slightly and the flavors meld. It's often served as a dipping sauce for roast beef or used to make gravy for beef dishes.

4. Can I Customize the Flavor of an Au Jus Packet?

  • Yes, you can customize the flavor of an Au Jus packet by adding additional ingredients if you like. Common additions include minced garlic, red wine, black pepper, and herbs like thyme or rosemary.

5. Are Au Jus Packets Gluten-Free?

  • The gluten content of Au Jus packets can vary between brands. Some packets may contain gluten due to ingredients like wheat-based thickeners. If you require a gluten-free Au Jus sauce, be sure to check the label and choose a packet specifically labeled as gluten-free or make your own using gluten-free ingredients.

6. What Dishes Can I Use Au Jus Sauce For?

  • Au Jus sauce is traditionally served with roast beef, but it can also complement other beef dishes like prime rib, beef tenderloin, and steak. It's versatile and can be used in various recipes, including French dip sandwiches, beef stews, and as a gravy for mashed potatoes.

7. How Do I Store Au Jus Packets?

  • Store Au Jus packets in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and moisture. Ensure that the packet is properly sealed to prevent any moisture from entering and clumping the contents. If stored correctly, they can have a long shelf life.

8. Can I Use Au Jus Sauce with Other Meats Besides Beef?

  • While Au Jus sauce is most commonly associated with beef, it can also be used with other meats like lamb or pork to add a rich and savory flavor. However, keep in mind that the traditional pairing and flavor profile are best suited for beef dishes.

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